tna opens new food processing hub to expand footprint in the Netherlands

NETHERLANDS - tna has opened a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Netherlands to expand its manufacturing footprint in processing equipment for the potato and vegetable processing industries in the Netherlands. The new facility will be involved in processing equipment including its range of fryers and freezers, but also pre-processing equipment such as peelers, washers…

EU proposes new rules to tame unfair trading practices in food supply chain

EUROPE - The EU has come up with a number of proposals that aims to tackle unfair trading practices and ensure small and medium-sized food and farming businesses are treated fairly. The food supply chain has been marred with unfair trading practices especially against smaller food operators and farmers who are said to lack bargaining…

France processed food sector increases by 5.6% to US$191b

FRANCE - The French food processing sector value has been increased by 5.6% in 2017 and is valued at US$191 billion with over 17,600 food processors from small-scale to some of the largest food companies in the world. According to Global Agricultural Information Network, the progress in food technology, marketing innovations and exports of finished…

Chr. Hansen reports solid organic growth of 9% in its first-half year results

DENMARK - Chr. Hansen A/S, developer of natural solutions for the food, beverage and nutritional industry has reported solid organic revenue growth of 9% in the first half of 2017/18, led by 12% growth in Food Cultures & Enzymes. EBIT before special items increased slightly to US$167.96 million while in Q2, organic growth was 9%,…

Kenyan agricultural company drops pineapples for avocados due to global demand

KENYA - Kakuzi Limited, Kenyan agricultural cultivation and manufacture company has announced that it was stopping to grow pineapples this year in favour of avocado business, which the company said helped push profits for the year ended December. The company revealed the shift in plans when announcing its 2017 financial results, reporting a 5.2% increase…

SE Asia’s giant food delivery GrabFood acquires Uber in largest-ever deal

INDONESIA – GrabFood, South East Asia’s giant food delivery service has completed the acquisition of the business of rival Uber Technologies, the largest-ever deal of its kind in the region. This deal will not only make the Singapore firm a dominant player in the region’s ride-hailing market but will also make GrabFood one of the biggest food…

India to introduce new food packaging regulations

INDIA - India’s food regulator will soon set new norms for pouches, foil containers, bottles and boxes that are used to package food and beverages to address concerns over contamination arising from sub-standard material and the printing on them. “There will be separate regulations for packaging, for which draft regulations will be out soon,” said…